In short: Wet, windy but worth it In full: The bus to the start from the car park was a pain but well organised. The hall seemed a little small for the number of people.
As for the course itself, I really liked it. It was varied and interesting and I personally like all the underpasses and windy routes. It keeps me focused. The marshalling was top notch. There were loads of smiley people in yellow telling you where to go and giving encouragment. Thanks to all of them. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Well organised race with very cheerful marshalls. Usually don't like races that involve laps but this was pleasantly enjoyable. Only complaint was the baggage area, as it was in the stand my bag got soaked as did my dry clothes! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Weather on the day foul. Wind & heavey rain. Running in the open area of Fairlands Valley tested everyone In full: Like any major event- Large Numbers in a small area. Weather was foul on the day. The tents ( Near End) blew down so the helpers got wet as well but they and the marhalls seamed a happy bunch. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Brilliant day, a good run for myself, should have gone a bit quicker, recently did a bad half marathon, did not realise i was so close to the end . marshalling excellant especially as the weather was so bad, Thanks to you all Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: My first race ever....despite the wind and rain....it was excellent In full: Standing cold and wet on the start line is never good, espicially when it's your first race. Soon as we go moving it all got better, and the wind and rain didn't seem to matter. To say I'm chuffed with 1:55 is an understatement.
Would I run it again - absolutely, and by next year I may be better at running down slopes as well!!
Organisation was good, changing facilities and little small for near 1000 people, but the Ridlins track isn't really designed for that number - espicially all wanting the same things at the same time. Well worth the money. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: How can you get this wet and have so much fun? In full: Lets face it you're bound to get a PB.
If you're a local running in Garendon Park is a real treat - I passed it every day on the bus for twelve years without being allowed in.
To top it off the weather absolutely poured down - I'd got new Gore Tex trainers and was hoping to see how dry my feet would stay by going in as many puddles as possible - the answer not very my shoes were like buckets at the end!
Definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: mud, rain, great fun! In full: Weather was definately not up there with the best, but it made you feel like a true brit, battling though the rain, splashing through the puddles and having a good slippery slide in the mud! Friendly bunch of runners, and organisation was good too... nice ronhil t-shirt at the end, which will come in very handy... definately will be back next year, and hopefully it will be drier and won't have to be carrying an extra couple of pounds in wet clothes and sodden shoes!!!
Very enjoyable, and a good route... just about the right balance of hills, flat etc.
Well done Shepshed :o) Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: One of the best days of my life. In full: My first marathon. I chose the right one. beautiful scenery, dramatic weather, dunkirk spirit amongst the runners. Locals out in support despite the inhospitable weather. The army giving out mars bars.I will be back next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Good course, but what about the medal!!! In full: Really nice route, quite scenic. A few cars but well marshalled so no real problems there. Undulating, but still PB potential. Only big disappointemnt was no momento to show for all the hard work everyone had put in to running the race. A drink and a chocolate bar!!! Considering there were 650 enteries a more lasting momento should have been given. Date of review: November 6, 2005